How Will You Serve?

How Will You Serve?
By now you’ve heard all about the MSUS Social Action Committee’s Day of Service on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Have you signed up yet? You haven’t? Well now’s your chance. There are three great ways to participate:

  • Join us at church — kids very much welcome — where we will be:
  • Making care packages for our homeless neighbors;
  • Constructing bird nesting material tubes for your yard; and
  • Prepping books for distribution to local Little Free Libraries.
  • Join the Hope Clean Team to clean the Hope4Youth drop-in center in Anoka.
  • Join us to provide a meal and children’s activities at Alexandra House.

There are sign-up forms on the bulletin board in the Social Hall, or at http://www.msuu.org/day-of-service. Get your rear in gear and sign-up today!

Take a Single Flame and Pass It On
Surely you’ve noticed the poster of the chalice with all the flames on it! We’ve tallied up the volunteer hours that have been recorded, and we’ve got 719 total hours so far! This breaks down to be 321 hours within MSUS and 398 in the community.

Keep the hours coming in. It is a beautiful way to show how we are using our precious gift of time to support beloved community both in and beyond the our church walls.

Show Your MSUS Pride
Joining the Social Action Committee’s Day of Service? Attending a rally at the state capitol? Heading out on the town? Show your MSUS pride when you’re out-and-about with the stylish new MSUS t-shirt.

The new shirt features the UU chalice on the front, along with the church name and year we were formed. The back includes the new Vision statement and the URL for the church website. Find an order form on the bulletin board in the Social Hall and order yours today! Completed forms and checks should be placed in the Social Action mailbox.

Special Collections
For January’s Special Collection, MSUS donated $468 to Meals on Wheels in Fridley and the surrounding suburbs. Check out the article below from Merle D to learn more about this fantastic program.

In February, we collected $446 for MICAH (Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing). MICAH works with congregations, faith leaders, and community partners to increase awareness and understanding the need for affordable housing. This creates advocates who fight for changes in public policies to encourage all communities to preserve and build affordable housing.

Our March Special Collection will be conducted during the service on Sunday, March 12, 2017, and will go to SACA (Southern Anoka Community Action). SACA has been serving the communities of Columbia Heights, Hilltop, Fridley, and Spring Lake Park for 39 years. Using the Client Choice food shelf model, they serve 500 – 625+ in-crisis families (1450 to over 1650 people), giving out 39,500 – 45,000 plus pounds of food monthly.

Thanks to you all for your generous donations.

 

Southern Anoka County Meals on Wheels (MoW)

First, every nine weeks, MSUS members, friends, and youth deliver hot meals to elderly and disabled neighbors in Fridley, Spring Lake Park, Columbia Heights, and Hilltop. Seniors who sign up to receive meals are twice as likely to suffer from depression or anxiety as the average American senior. 77% of daily meal recipients said that the services received from MoW helped them feel less lonely.

For the 2016 calendar year, 28 people from MSUS donated 176 hours of service to Meals on Wheels. Two people are assigned to each route (a driver and a “runner” to take meals to the door). You are invited to join the team – we would welcome more help! Contact Merle D.

Second, check out and like the new Southern Anoka County Meals on Wheels Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/SouthernAnokaCountyMealsOnWheels/

Third, Dine to Donate. The Fridley Perkins at 7520 University Ave NE will donate 10% of your total bill to Southern Anoka County Meals on Wheels during the months of March and April, when you give them a Dine to Donate coupon. You will need a coupon for each bill being paid. There are coupons on the table in the entry at church. Take several and dine often! There are also copies attached to the newsletter so that you can print (and pass out) as many coupons as you would like. Coupons may be printed in black and do not need to be in color.